Cosmos Sign 4 Ahead Of NPSL Season

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February has been a busy month for the New York Cosmos as the team has made several signings ahead of the National Premier League Season.

Among those committing to play for New York are defender Garrett Halfhill, defender Kevin Venegas, midfielder Junior Burgos, midfielder Salvatore Barone and defender/midfielder David Diosa.

In addition, the team also announced that Steven Diaz is returning as New York’s goalkeeper coach.

Halfhill was a key contributor for Cosmos B in 2018 as the club earned the NPSL North Atlantic Conference title after a 10-0-0 NPSL regular season. He anchored the back line defensively and is equally comfortable on the ball to help start attacking play.

Prior to joining the club last season, Halfhill made his professional debut in the United Soccer League (USL) with FC Cincinnati in 2017.

Venegas is seen by the Cosmos as a fullback that brings defensive stability and is a constant threat getting down the flank to join the attack.

The 29-year-old defender began his professional career with the Minnesota Stars FC – now Minnesota United FC – in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2012. He joined the club in its inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season in 2017. Venegas made more than 100 appearances during his time with Minnesota.

Most recently, he was a member of Indy Eleven in the United Soccer League (USL) where he featured 21 times.

Burgos started his professional career with Toronto FC before leading the Atlanta Silverbacks’ attack in 2014 and 2015. He also played with the Tampa Bay Rowdies on loan in 2016 after signing a contract with Atlanta United of Major League Soccer (MLS) and Reno 1868 in the United Soccer League (USL) in 2017.

He most recently featured for top Salvadoran club CD FAS, playing in 17 league matches and scoring twice.

Burgos has represented El Salvador since 2014, scoring his first goal with the national team that same year in a 2-0 win over Nicaragua in an international friendly.

Barone made his professional debut in 2017 with the Cosmos when he came on as a substitute in a North American Soccer League (NASL) match against Indy Eleven. Most recently, Barone played with Penn FC in the United Soccer League (USL), appearing in 10 contests. He joins Aaron Dennis and Pedro Galvão as former Penn FC players to link up with the club in 2019.

Diosa, 26, has a long history with the club, having scored the first academy goal in 2010. He then joined the first team during the club’s reboot season in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in 2013, going on to spend five seasons with the Cosmos.

He is capable at slotting into several different positions on the pitch, having played as a fullback, a midfielder, and forward during his previous stint with the club. He made his professional debut with the Cosmos as a substitute in a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Silverbacks in 2013. He went on to play for the club 40 times, scoring four goals.

Diaz first joined the club as a player in the 2014 season when he served as the backup goalkeeper to Jimmy Maurer and Kyle Zobeck before taking over a coaching position in 2015. During his time with the club, the Cosmos won two championships in the NASL and Cosmos B earned the North Atlantic Conference title in 2018 after a perfect 10-0-0 regular season in NPSL play.